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Our Lord and His Holy Apostles at the Last Supper


A blog dedicated to Christ Jesus our Lord and His True Presence in the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist


Amid the changes of the world, may our hearts be fixed there where true joys are to be found.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Victimae paschali laudes

Easter Sequence by Wipo of Burgundy +1040:

Victimae paschali laudes To the Passover victim,
immolent Christiani. Christians offer praise.
 
Agnus redemit oves: The Lamb has redeemed the sheep:
Christus innocens Patri Innocent Christ to the Father
reconciliavit peccatores. has reconciled sinners
 
Mors et vita duello Death and life contended
conflixere mirando: in a wondrous battle:
dux vitae mortuus, The Lord of life, who died,
regnat vivus. reigns alive.
 
Dic nobis Maria, Tell us, Mary,
quid vidisti in via? what you saw on the way?
 
Sepulcrum Christi viventis, “The tomb of the living Christ
et gloriam vidi resurgentis: and the glory of His rising,
 
Angelicos testes, “Angelic witnesses,
sudarium et vestes. shroud and clothes.
 
Surrexit Christus spes mea: “Christ my hope is arisen,
praecedet suos in Galilaeam. and precedes His own into Galilee.”
 
Scimus Christum surrexisse We know that Christ is risen
a mortuis vere: from the dead in truth.
tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere. To us, victorious King, have mercy!
Amen. Alleluia. Amen. Alleluia.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pænitemini

"Repent, and believe in the Gospel" [Mark 1:15]

This is the Lenten Embertide, a time to fast, to pray, to examine the state of our soul, to acknowledge our failings and to rein in poorly governed passions. It is a time to thank God for blessings received and to give alms that others may share in our blessings, for all that we have and all that we are, we have received in trust from our Maker to use in His service.

50 years ago this very day, Pope Paul VI abrogated the canonical requirement of Catholics to fast this week. Nevertheless, the need remains for every Christian to take up his cross, and follow his Saviour up a difficult path.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Patience and Peace

Here is an interesting interview.

...Often when I’m being “patient” I’m really grasping, wanting something else. You know how kids struggle with patience. Earnest children sitting there, being “patient”, waiting for school to get out or something like that.

Patience has a certain impatience built into it. ...
May we seek patience, and peace of heart that goes beyond patience, and may God grant us what we seek.

Be Clothed with Compassion

12 Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13 Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14 But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
15 And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.
17 All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Colossians 3:12-17

For this Saint Valentine's Day, friend, a lesson on living in Love, from Monsignor Charles Pope. May we follow our Savior with peace and steady confidence on the path He leads us.

Sancte Valentine, ora pro nobis.

Friday, December 25, 2015

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

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May you find joy in the love of God. God bless you.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

God alone suffices

Today is the Feast of Saint Teresa of Ávila

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Octave Day of Saints Peter and Paul

Here is today's collect from the Sarum Missal: O God Whose right hand raised St. Peter the Apostle as he walked on the waves that he sank not, and delivered His Apostle Paul, who thrice suffered shipwreck, from the deep of the sea, graciously hear us and grant that for the sake of both we may attain unto everlasting glory.

May God strengthen you and uphold you, my friend. May He carry you through all dangers to everlasting joy.

The post-Communion prayer is also lovely to contemplate: O Lord let the Sacrament which we have received prepare for us a heavenly healing at the prayers of Thy Apostles Peter and Paul.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart.

May you find shelter and healing and the fulfillment of all hopes in the Most Sacred Heart of our Savior.

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